5 things great architects refuse to doA great architect can be defined by passion and discipline.  The ability to create unique designs while still meeting architectural purpose is what a true great architect does.  Driven by a yearning to create structure, this type of architect lives life with his glass half full and refuses to think in the five following ways.

1) Refuses to be narrow-minded

A narrow-minded person doesn’t tend to recognize certain opportunities or solutions.  A great architect, however, looks at each situation, each construction project, in a way that he visualizes multiple design options.  There is no room for narrow-mindedness in a great architect’s work.  He’ll not only walk through a building or home and visualize how to make home additions, but he’ll also know how to use existing space to make the structure more functional. Furthermore, he takes into consideration plumbing, heating and environmental factors that will affect the construction.  He is able to create designs that meet both human preferences and environmental restraints.

2) Refuses to think only of design

A great architect thinks way beyond the design of a building or even an entire city. He thinks also of the many factors that surround the project.  He understands that a large construction project doesn’t just involve construction.  It can include attending events, fundraisers, permit meetings and many other activities if the project is a big public project.  This is why great architects often have valuable connections with successful marketing agents, wealthy investors and other entities who benefit from architectural design services.

On a residential project, a great architect will consider how the project will affect the property as a whole, how it fits with any existing structures or how you might get the best possible end result.

3) Refuses to be argumentative

An architect doesn’t get paid to argue with his clients.  Instead, he gets paid to accommodate his clients’ needs.  Architects that bring forth great works are those who are able to alter and carry out changes to meet customer preferences, all the while staying within budget guidelines.  A great architect will often come under much stress, but he will refuse to be argumentative, always knowing that his clients’ needs are what matter most.  From the beginning of a construction project, he accepts that in order to meet a client’s needs, things will likely not go exactly according to plan.  When unforeseen events take place, he respectfully speaks with the client to create a solution.

4) Refuses to be unsure

Along with narrow-mindedness, there’s no room for unsurety in a great architect’s life.  If he’s not sure about a certain design or layout, he simply won’t suggest it. Unsurety in relation to structural and architectural integrity can lead to disaster, this is why a great architect is always up-to-date with current and futuristic construction practices.  From solar-heated flooring to motion activated heating and cooling, a great architect is confident in all of his recommendations.

5) Refuses to be quiet

You know you’ve found a great architect when he refuses to call you only once a week.  A great architect will call you on a regular, probably daily, basis to ensure everyone is on track for project completion.  He understands that life can throw curve balls to halt or hinder the construction process, so he constantly communicates with you about project progress.  The building of a home or commercial building doesn’t take place overnight.  It is process that tends to last anywhere from several weeks to several years.  Great architects take into account time-related changes and refuse to be quiet about ways in which a project can be improved.  You should expect to hear from your architect several times a week from the time the project is started.

These five qualities ensure that you’re getting great work from a great architect.  Make sure that your architect has these qualities.

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